All-rounder Mohammad Nabi has become the first Afghanistan player to reach 100 ODI caps. Nabi reached the landmark when he was named in the team for the second ODI against Ireland. Nabi has worked with Afghan Connection and Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation (AYCSO) since 2009 to coach and inspire the next cricket loving generation.
Cricket in Afghanistan has a made a stunning entrance to the game, coming from obscurity a decade ago playing in ICC's World Cricket League Division Five in 2008 to qualifying for the World Twenty20 in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the 2015 World Cup and, recently, the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The side is now ranked 8th in International Twenty20 cricket. Nabi's rise, like Afghanistan's, has been remarkable. Former captain of the Afghanistan cricket side, Nabi fled to Peshawar in Pakistan, seeking safe haven from the Soviet War in Afghanistan. Nabi took up cricket at the age of 10 while living in Peshawar.
Honing his skills with endless sessions of tennis-ball cricket, he secured training at Arshad Khan's academy in Peshawar and made his competitive debut against Rahim Yar Khan Cricket Association in Pakistan's erstwhile Cornelius Trophy in 2003. As an effective allrounder - a strong middle-order batsman who also bowls offspin – he caught the eye Mike Gatting, former England player and current member of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Committee, with a century whilst on tour in India against a visiting MCC side. The exposure brought him valuable experience with the MCC, for whom he made his first-class debut, going on to play a major role in Afghanistan's progress to the World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa in 2009.
Nabi struck 58 against Scotland on his One-Day international debut and 102 in his first first-class game for Afghanistan, against a Zimbabwe team. Playing in 99 international One-Day contests, Nabi; with the bat, has made 2302 runs with an average of 28.77, with the ball, has taken 105 wickets with an economy rate of 4.29. In the ODI rankings he now has 331 points - 46 points short of Bangladeshi player Shakib al Hasan topping the table on 377 points. Afghanistan Cricket Board congratulated Nabi on his achievement, saying: “The leadership of the ACB congratulates Mohammad Nabi and the nation for his achievement.”